Dumaplast Inc. is searching for an extrusion site in the United States to produce its PVC wall paneling.
The firm, which currently is headquartered at a sales office in Harrison, N.Y., announced its intent at the 2003 Remodelers' Show, held Oct. 23-25 in Baltimore. Officials would give no hint as to possible locations.
``At this point in time, we are in negotiations,'' said Irv Keck, manager of U.S. operations. ``The owners of the company are pushing very hard for it.''
Privately held Dumaplast NV, based in Maldegem, Belgium, expanded to the United States in 2000, officials said. From 1985-94, the company developed France and Western Europe as its major markets. Its PVC cladding is unique to Dumaplast because it has a high fire rating and doesn't rot in water, said Matthew Drozdoff, who serves as president of the U.S. division and Belgium parent. Additionally, the wall paneling can be manufactured with designs like marbling or granite.
The company currently is negotiating with a do-it-yourself store in the United States to increase its distribution, Drozdoff said in an Oct. 30 telephone interview. It recently hired Les Bloom as a sales representative for the South.
The company operates two plants in Belgium and has a 50 percent partnership with PVC cladding maker Anflo, based in Brazil. Its other products include siding, roller shutters and window boards.
The Belgian firm, founded in 1970, said it has had average growth of more than 30 percent for the past 12 years.